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2001 Didn't disclose the algorithms that ran HAL or vice versa
Authored by: The Cornishman on Sunday, July 22 2012 @ 08:09 AM EDT

This sub-sub-thread is turning into a rabbit hole, but never mind...

> Also, Hal did more than just parse phonemes...

Sure, and I think that was my point. I have no expertise in voice recognition technology, but I was able to rattle off a functional description of a computer program, kind of 'from first principles'. In the presence of audible speech, how would I extract the semantic information which is (may be?) present?

Your point about what can be done by a skilled practitioner is spot on. If I describe functions that are presently beyond the state of the art, I ought to have my patent application rejected. How may one objectively demonstrate to the patent examiner that the functions are within the current state of art? <em>phasis_word-well</em> produce an implementation!
Otherwise we are entirely at the mercy of what a patent examiner thinks might be state of the art. Result: submarine software patents.

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